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Marino rallies late, ties Goydos for lead

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 23, 2013 at 08:31 AM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -

Steve Marino ran off three straight birdies late in the third round Saturday for a 3-under 68 to catch Paul Goydos for a share of the lead at The Barclays and give himself another shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

On a Liberty National course shortened by 355 yards - Tiger Woods said it was like playing the "ladies tees" - a bunch of other players felt the same way about their chances.

That includes Woods.

Despite missing six putts inside 12 feet - one of them for eagle - Woods made two big pars on the back nine and shot a 67 that left him five shots out of the lead going into the final round.

Goydos made his move early with three straight birdies that put him atop the leaderboard throughout most of the day. On holes where everyone was picking up birdies, however, Goydos settled for pars and shot a 68.

"If you told me on Thursday I would have to play and start Sunday tied for the lead, I wouldn't play," Goydos said.

Goydos and Marino were at 9-under 204, two shots clear of 24-year-old rookie Webb Simpson (72) and Fredrik Jacobson (68). Steve Stricker had a 68 and was three shots behind at 207.

The Barclays is the only PGA Tour event Woods has played at least three times without finishing in the top 10. He was among 11 players separated by five shots going into the final round.

Marino lost in a playoff at Colonial this year, and he shared the 36-hole lead with Tom Watson at the British Open. He figures that being in the mix for a title can only serve him well, and Marino should find out how much on Sunday.

"I felt like I was ready to win back then, too," Marino said. "It just didn't turn out that way. I just feel like I'm playing real well right now, and I'm going to do the best I can. I think if I play well, I'll have a good chance to win the golf tournament."

LPGA: Rookie Anna Nordqvist's 3-under 69 gave her a one-shot lead over Seon Hwa Lee and Ai Miyazato going into the final round of the Safeway Classic at North Plains, Ore.

Nordqvist was at 10-under 134 after the first two rounds at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

Miyazato had three straight birdies on Nos. 8-10, all par-5 holes, to edge up the leaderboard with a 68. Lee sank a birdie putt on the par-4 18th hole and wound up with a 70.

CHAMPIONS: Mark McNulty shot a 7-under 65 and shares the Boeing Classic lead heading to today's final round in Snoqualmie, Wash.

Loren Roberts had four birdies in his final six holes to match McNulty's 65 and finish at 11 under. The duo holds a two-shot lead over Bernhard Langer and first-round leader Mark O'Meara.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Peter Hedblom shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Lawrie after three rounds at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, Scotland. The 39-year-old Swede was at 8-under 208. Lawrie carded a 73.

U.S. AMATEUR: Byeong-Hun An faces fourth-seeded Ben Martin in his bid to become the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur.

After being 1 down heading to the 13th hole, the 17-year-old South Korean won four straight holes to close out a 3 and 2 victory against Fresno State sophomore Bhavik Patel in Tulsa, Okla.

Martin cruised to a 5 and 4 victory against Texas senior Charlie Holland.

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